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33 Best Medical Korean Dramas That Might Inspire You To Be A Doctor

The year 2019-20 has already been hard on us and we want to enjoy 2021 with some Korean drama entertainment. What better entertainment is now available to us than superb Korean dramas about doctors? Imagine good-looking doctors running around saving lives at the hospital while enthralling drama goes on in their workplace and personal lives. Since the last few years, global attention has turned towards the fascinating creations coming in from the Korean entertainment industry. Korean dramas have been global cultural icons representing South Korea and doctor Korean drama series have been spearheading this trend. List of Best Suspense-Filled Korean Dramas About Doctors That You Should Watch in 2021. Korean dramas to watch after squid game or Korean drama similar to crash landing on you

1. Doctor Stranger

A favorite Korean medical drama series with a beautiful soundtrack, Doctor Stranger has attracted numerous views after releasing in 2014. Doctor Stranger is about a father and son who were sent to North Korea under an evil plot and denied entry back into South Korea. Accepting faith, the father, a skilled doctor trains his son what he knows and he becomes a doctor too, a highly-efficient cardiothoracic surgeon to be exact.

2. Good Doctor

People suffering from health and mental are often looked down on, bullied, and face prejudice at social institutions. The same is best portrayed in the hit Korean drama series called Good Doctor where a young doctor who suffers from autism and savant syndrome gets employed as a pediatrician in a hospital. Not much time goes by before he faces prejudice from patients and colleagues at the hospital but thankfully he manages to overcome them. His rare skills, complementary to his disorders works as an advantage for him. But all is going on smoothly in the hospital due to its highly competitive nature within doctors, especially when the Park Si-on, the protagonist falls in love.

3. The Doctors

The Doctors, also called Doctors tells the story high-school bully with a dangerous personality and how she becomes a brilliant street-savvy neurosurgeon in the future, thanks to the help of her professor. Yoo Hye Jung has had a traumatic childhood which is evident in her distant and domineering behavior in high school. In comes a compassionate mentor in her life named Hong Ji0hong who transforms her into a better human being and motivates her into the path of becoming a neurosurgeon. 

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4. Yong Pal (The Gang Doctor)

In the need of financial help to pay for his sister’s medical bills, brilliant surgeon Kim Tae Hyeon is forced to offer his medical services to mobsters, gangsters, and corrupt tycoons. He begins to attend house calls to tend to these criminals to help his situation. While tending to one house call, he finds Han Yeo Jin, a wealthy heiress forced to fall into a medically induced coma. Plans take a thrilling and suspenseful turn when Tae Hyeon decides upon himself to save Yeo Jin’s life despite his own troubles. Can Kim Tae Hyeon save up to pay for his sister’s medical bills while also saving Han Yeo Jin’s life? Watch Yong Pal to find out.

5. Medical Top Team

The drama tells about a group of doctors who are struggling yet learning in their lives. They all have different disciplines but are willing to work together. Watch these interesting characters deal with problems, relationships, and acquiring power.

6. Doctor John

This drama is very interesting as it doesn’t portray the typical emergency doctors or surgeons, but it has doctors who are anesthesiologists or pain doctors. They are known to be like detectives who search for the cause of their patient’s pain and illness. In every episode, a patient is shown as a victim and these doctors are ready to unveil the reasons and secrets.

7. Dr. Romantic (Season 1)

After the anticipating first part of Dr. Romantic, the second part was aired from January 6 to February 25, 2020. With Han Suk-kyu as the title character along with Ahn Hyo-seop. Han Suk-kyu calls himself Dr. Romantic. The characters in the story are put at the perfect place making it the best T. V. Series that would make everyone sit and enjoy with family.

8. Kill Me, Heal Me

Dealing with mental disorders and patient-doctor romance with the mystery behind, Kill Me, Heal Me was a great hit among the younger age viewer because of its suspense-filled storyline and chemistry between the leads. The drama series begins with the heir of wealthy business cooperation getting diagnosed with a dissociative identity disorder. The protagonist, Cha Do Hyun, to regain control over his life before one of his seven identities take over, seeks the help of a first-year psychiatric resident named Oh Ri Jin.

9. Hospital Playlist

Following the iconic legacy of the Wise Life series, Hospital Playlist comes on as the second installment to the same. Hospital playlist is a Korean drama series set around five doctors who have been friends since medical school, probably for 20 years, and what challenges they face when they begin working at the same place. The drama series shows the struggle and coping strategies of the five doctors who find comfort in each other and cope in their daily life together. Hospital playlist is currently the highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history. That means a lot because cable television is seriously competitive and good interesting content is a major determinant. So, You can hope for a lot of thrill and drama from this Korean television series which is set to be renewed for a second season in May 2021.

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10. Descendants Of The Sun

One of the most worldwide popular Korean dramas which had a significant impact on Korean tourism too in the past few years was Descendants of the Sun. This medical Korean drama series is about the drama and romance between Yoo Si-jin, the captain of South Korean Special Forces, and Dr. Kang Mo-yeon. They are fictional characters played by famous Korean actors Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-ko. The premise of this Korean doctor drama series begins with Si-jin accompanying an injured thief to the emergency room as a guard after catching him and meeting Mo-Yeon in the emergency room of the hospital.

11. Life

Life is a Korean drama series centered around colliding interests between the newly-appointed President and a compassionate emergency doctor. While the doctor, Ye Jin Woo is patient-centered and wants the hospital to run smoothly, keeping patients’ needs at the center, the new President has different plans. He wants to turn the hospital to keep profit first and get ahead in the game. A classic drama between good and evil and who wins the fight.

12. Hospital Ship

Hospital ship is a Korean drama series centered around three doctors who want to help the underprivileged while suffering from inner turmoil after professional setbacks. Looking for a fresh start, three young doctors accompanied by other medical professionals reach a remote island to care for and tend to any medical emergency within the population of remote islands. The three doctors have a vastly different set of expertise and mindset which leads to them not getting very well at the start of the series. For the sake of their profession, they decide to put their differences aside and focus on tending to patients in need of their medical help.

13. Emergency Couple

Emergency Couple is a famous romantic medical South Korean drama series, released in 2014. Emergency Couple tells the story of a divorced couple who are forced to work together after six years. While married, Oh Chang-min and Oh Jin-hee came across lots of troubles such as opposition from Chang-mins family, lack of financial support, broken professional dreams, and more, Their marriage could not hold together for long, but fate has brought them together once again, working as emergency room interns at the same hospital. What will happen between the Emergency Man and Woman, watch Emergency Couple to find out.

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14. Doctor Prisoner

Doctor Prisoner is about a doctor who is best at his work and is kind too. He treats every patient devotedly without discrimination. However, his medical license gets suspended when the hospital board director betrays and puts him in a situation. He then works as a medical intern in prison, where he befriends all the powerful prisoners like business tycoons, sports stars, and celebrities caught for doing drugs, gambling, etc. He is now ready to become the prison chief doctor and get revenge from the doctor who betrayed him.

15. Live Up to Your Name

Set in the Joseon Era, Heo Im is a doctor of traditional Korean medicine and has a specialization in acupuncture. Unfortunately, his life is a failure. But one day, he accidentally time travels 400 years ahead of his time to modern-day Seoul. There he meets Choi Yeon-Kyung, a doctor that believes in modern medicine. She thinks Heo Im is weird and ignores him. But apparently, she also travels to the past with him!

16. Dr. Romantic (Season 2)

The second season of this drama takes place in Doldam hospital 3 years later. Dr. Kim Sa-bu looks for new surgeons for the small-town hospital. So he visits Geosan University Hospital to search for suitable candidates. There he encounters Cha Eun-Jae (Lee Sung-kyung) and Seo Woo-jin (Ahn Hyo-seop), two second-year surgery fellows. Will Dr. Kim manage to run Doldam hospital with these two candidates?

17. Dr. Romantic (Season 3)

Great response and reviews from the audience have made it possible for this drama to continue this long. The first season of this drama ran from 2016 to 2017 and the 2nd season in 2020, which were both superhits! And now the 3 season which is set to release in 2022 is definitely one of the most anticipated ones. This medical drama has an immense storyline with melodrama and romance.

18. Ghost Doctor

19. Heart Surgeons

20. D-Day

21. It’s Okay, That’s Love

22. A Poem A Day

23. Mirror of the Witch

24. Blood

25. Beautiful Mind

26. Faith

27. Cross

28. Forest

29. Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors:

30. Live Up to Your Name:

31. Chocolate

32. Brain

33. Doctor Detective

Elasika Gupta

Being a BA graduate with a humanities background has gifted me with the ability to understand the society at large with a wider scope of vision. This background also helped me better understand the lifestyle of people of the current generation. I let out that understanding in my articles covering all the topics related to lifestyle, entertainment and society in general. I aim for my words to be in synonym with the society and the lifestyle of the people and hence work towards it.

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